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Ancient Maya Commoners, edited by Jon C. Lohse and Fred Valdez, Jr.
A groundbreaking collection of eleven essays that explore the data that is currently available on the lives of ancient Maya commoners. These essays also show how this information increases our understanding of Mayan culture, society, and organization.

Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare, Edited by M. Kathryn Brown and Travis W. Stanton.
This book consists of fifteen essays that explore our understanding of the role that warfare played in the development and history of ancient Mesoamerica.

The Art and Archaeology in the Moche, edited by Steve Bourget and Kimberly L. Jones.
A collection of fifteen essays that chronicle the history and culture of the Moche, as well as an overview of the current research being conducted on the Moche and the methodologies being used to conduct this research.

Chewing Gum: The Fortunes of Taste, by Michael Redclift.
A social, political, ecological, economic, and cultural history of chicle-based chewing gum, with a particular emphasis on the impact that it has had on the Yucatan region and its Mayan natives.

Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate, by Elizabeth Hill Boone.
An in-depth analysis of the surviving ancient, Mexican divinatory codices.

Death and the Classic Maya Kings, by James L. Fitzsimmons.
This book provides a comprehensive survey of royal death and burial rituals in Maya lowland society during the Classic Period. Ancient Maya attitudes toward death and dying, their belief in an afterlife, and ancestor veneration are also discussed.

The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing, edited by Stephen Houston, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, and David Stuart.
A collection of forty-eight essays and other writings that chronicle the history of how the Maya hieroglyphs were decoded, as well as the personalities behind the discoveries that led to the Maya writings being deciphered.

Farming, Hunting, and Fishing in the Olmec World, by Amber M. VanDerwarker.
A detailed study of the subsistence systems practiced in two settlements that spans the Formative periods of Olmec development.

The History of the Incas, by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa.
A new, illustrated translation of Gamboa's monumental history of the Incas.

In the Maw of the Earth Monster, edited by James E. Brady & Keith M. Prufer.
Fifteen papers on Mesoamerican ritual cave use from the Pre-Columbian period to the present.

An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs, by Sylvanus Griswold Morley.
An introductory text on reading and understanding the Maya glyphs, calendar, and writing system.

Jungle of the Maya, photographs by Douglas Goodell and Jerry Barrack.
This book takes readers on a breath-taking photographic journey through the Selva Maya (Forest of the Maya).

Kaqchikel Chronicles, translation and exegesis by Judith M. Maxwell and Robert M. Hill II.
Contains the only translation of the entire Chronicles, including all the texts of the Annals of the Kaqchikels and the Xpantzay Carulary.

La ütz awäch? Introduction to Kaqchikel Maya Language, by R. McKenna Brown, Judith M. Maxwell, & Walter E. Little.
A workbook-styled introductory text on Kaqchikel Maya language that is designed to give English-speakers an overview of the language and provide students with the necessary vocabulary and grammar skills to carry on a basic conversation.

Lightning Warrior - Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua, By Matthew G. Looper.
Detailing the reign of K'ak' Tiliw, based upon the epigraphic, iconogrpahic, stylistic, and archeological evidence that has been revealed at Quirigua.

The Maya and Teotihuacan - Reinterpreting Early Classic Interaction, Edited by Geoffrey E. Braswell.
A comprehensive overview of the theories regarding the origins of the Maya and how new data concerning the interactions between the Early Classic Maya and Teotihuacan is influencing our understanding of Mesoamerican history and the development of the Mayan civilization.

Maya Calendar Origins, by Prudence M. Rice.
Monuments, Mythistory, and the Materialization of Time: a detailed overview of the origins of the Maya calendar, and its impact on ancient Maya cosmological, ideological, and social development.

Maya Palaces and Elite Residences, Edited by Jessica Joyce Christie.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the essays in this collection strive to answer the questions: What were the Mayan Palaces, how were they used, and who, if anyone lived in them?

Maya Political Science: Time, Astronomy, and the Cosmos, by Prudence M. Rice.
In this work, Rice expounds upon her theory that the Maya politico-religious structure was uniquely Mayan and based upon a 256-year calendar cycle called the may.

The Maya Tropical Forest: People, Parks, and Ancient Cities, by James D. Nations.
Part travelogue and part natural history guidebook; this book provides important data about the state and future of the Maya Tropical forest and the history and geography of the region.

The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya, by Stephen Houston, David Stuart, and Karl Taube.
How did the Classic Maya view the human body? How did they express their emotions? What role did the human body play in their art, their world view, and their sense of what comes after death? These and many more intriguing questions are answered in this compelling book.

The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs, Volume 1: The Classic Period Inscriptions, by Martha J. Macri and Matthew G. Looper.
A practical catalog of all known Maya Script, single sign, hieroglyphs from the classic period (app. 150-900 C.E.).

The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs, Volume 2: The Codical Texts, by Martha J. Macri and Gabrielle Vail.
A practical catalog of all known Maya graphemes used in the Dresden, Madrid, and Paris codices.

Palaces and Power in the Americas: From Peru to the Northwest Coast, edited by Jessica Joyce Christie and Patricia Joan Sarro.
Twelve essays that detail the archaeological, historical, and cultural relevance of various palaces found throughout the ancient Americas.

Palenque: Recent Investigations at the Classic Maya Center, Edited by Damien B. Marken.
A collection of essays that detail the research conducted at Palenque, and how this ancient site has contributed to our understanding of the ancient Maya.

Popol Vuh: Sacred Book of the Ancient Maya, edited by Allen J. Christenson.
This electronic library and database serves as a comprehensive resource on the Popol Vuh, and it includes not only the original text of the Popol Vuh, but also English and Spanish translations of the text, along with audio files of native speakers reading the text, hundreds of photographs, and essays and notes on Maya culture, history, and language.

Ritual & Power in Stone: The Performance of Rulership in Mesoamerican Izapan Style Art, by Julia Guernsey.
A detailed overview of the late Prelcassic Izapan style monuments from an art historical perspective.

Romancing the Maya, by R. Tripp Evans.
Mexican Antiquity in the American Imagination 1820-1915.

Sex, Death, and Sacrifice in Moche Religion and Visual Culture, by Steve Bourget.
An in-depth analysis of Moche iconography as seen through depictions of everyday life, death, and ritual sacrifice as depicted in Moche pottery and other visual mediums.

Translating Maya Hieroglyphs , by Scott A. J. Johnson.
A step-by-step foreign language textbook that teachs you how to read and translate the Mayan glyphs.

Water and Ritual - The Rise and Fall of Classic Maya Rulers, by Lisa J. Lucero.
An in-depth look at the role that water and ritual played in Mayan culture and politics.

Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl (Revised Edition), by J. Richard Andrews.
A workbook to accompany the revised and updated second edition of Introduction to Classical Nahuatl. The workbook includes exercises keyed to the text, as well as an answer key and vocabulary list.

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